Peggy Noonan, who made herself famous as a speech writer for President Ronald Reagan, has joined the crowd criticizing presidential candidate Rick Perry for intemperate remarks.
The Wall Street Journal columnist points to the Texas governor’s strong rebuke of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and controversial comments about possibly seceding from the union.
To be sure, Perry has his strengths, Noonan writes in a Journal column headlined "Perry's Popping Off Problem."
“He comes across as a natural conservative, Texas Division, who won't be changing his mind about his basic premises any time soon,” she maintains. “He's the anti-Romney. Unlike Ms. Bachmann, he has executive experience.”
As for Perry’s weakness, “his primary flaw appears to be a chesty, quick-draw machismo that might be right for an angry base but wrong for an antsy country. Americans want a president who feels their anger without himself walking around enraged.”
Perry’s harsh remarks ring more of “poor judgment” than “infelicity of language,” Noonan suggests.
“Why does this kind of thing matter? Because presidential temperament has never been more important.”
If a Republican is elected president, anger will arise from the left, Noon writes. “It probably won't be helpful if the next president is someone likely to add to the drama with a hot temperament or carelessness.”
The 2012 Republican nominee undoubtedly will be called “mean,” she says. “If the candidate is Rick Perry, people will look at him and think: Hmmm, is there something to the charge? He should keep that in mind as he pops off. If there is a deeper, more reflective person there he'd best show it.”
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